DIY Project: Upcycled Dancing Fish

A hands-on project to upcycle used household items into a colorful hanging art piece of dancing fish! This DIY project teaches about reuse, resourcefulness, and creativity. | April 10, 2020

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To make upcycled dancing fish at home, you will need:

  • 1 egg carton
  • Paint or Markers
  • Paint Brush
  • Yarn or another type of String
  • Needle that fits string of choice
  • Scissors
  • Scratch paper or newspaper to paint on
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • Glue (if you have googly eyes)
  1. Cut out the round part of the egg carton where the egg rests. You will need 6 pieces per fish. It might be easier to cut the egg carton in half like in the picture below, and then cut out the separate pieces.
  2. For the fin, you will need to cut a larger piece out, fold the section in half, and cut out a fin shape. For the other 5 pieces, trim them up to make them look cleaner.
  3. Paint or color with markers the outside and the inside of each fish piece on top of a piece of scratch paper or newspaper. Feel free to make any design you want on it. Let it dry.
  4. Cut a piece of yarn or string about 8 inches long. Use the needle and yarn to string your fish pieces together. Make a loop in one end of the yarn and thread the needle with the other.
  5. Sew through the underside of the fish fin. Pull it through the underside of the next piece. Continue until the entire fish is sewn together.
  6. Once you have sewn through the head piece, make a loop at the top.
  7. If you have googly eyes, glue them to the fish head. If not, you can paint or draw eyes.
  8. Make the fishy dance!

Viola! You now have an upcycled dancing fish art piece!

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